Archive for May, 2013

Do You Have Backne?

Author: Dr. Larita
May 31, 2013

Acne always seems to crop up when we least expect it and “backne” (acne on the back) usually comes when we’re stressed and at the most inconvenient times too, like prom time or sundress time. What can we do about backne?  We can eat right, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise regularly to help control breakouts.

When you get hot and sweaty it is important to shower to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. Use an acne-fighting soap for your back and make sure that you exfoliate gently on a regular basis.  Then use a good moisturizer on your back to help clear up acne and treat dry skin.

 


Natural Moisturizers And Other Natural Products

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 30, 2013

body_1_1I’ve always preferred to use products that feature natural ingredients rather than products that use manufactured, man-made ingredients. There’s something about natural and organic products that tends to provide a better quality to most items. Obviously, this is something that I always pay attention to when it comes to food, but this idea can also apply to other items.

For instance, I also like to use natural products when it comes to skin care, as well as other natural health-related products. One of the items that I’ve been using most frequently has been a line of natural moisturizers that I think have been working like a charm. I attribute the product’s ability to work so well on its natural ingredients, because they’ve always worked great for me thus far.


Chickenpox Treatment

Author: Dr. Larita
May 29, 2013

I don’t know how old I was when I had chicken pox but I think it was about Kindergarten or 1st grade. I do remember how much it itched and standing on a chair while my mother rubbed lotion on me while she told me not to scratch. I still have the scars to prove that it is not good to scratch but it’s very hard not to do so. My daughter just sent me a picture of my grandson with spots all over his chest and back. He has chickenpox!

Chicken pox is a viral infection that is highly contagious and can be caught more than once. The virus can also lie dormant and then reappear later in life as shingles. A child can catch the virus two weeks before any symptoms appear. Symptoms include fever, a small rash that can turn into blisters that burst and crust over. The spots usually start on the trunk but can spread to the face and limbs. The child should be isolated until the scabs are completely gone.

Sleep is one of the best treatments for chickenpox and bed rest may also keep the fever down. To sooth the irritating itch, add 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of chamomile German to a 4 ounce bottle of calamine lotion and shake the bottle well. Apply the lotion all over the body twice a day. A bath can also relieve the itching so add 2 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda and mix it in the bath water. It is also helpful to spray the air with an antiviral mixture of 8 drops of tea tree and 4 drops of thyme shaken in 1 cup of water in a plant spray bottle.


Keep Your Hands Beautiful

Author: Dr. Larita
May 28, 2013

We put makeup on our faces and go to the gym to keep our bodies in shape but if we don’t take care of our hands all that is a waste of time. The first place that shows age spots is your hands and add that to loose wrinkled skin on the backs of your hands and your hands are telling everyone that you are older than your beautiful face looks! If you work with your hands a lot, this stretches the skin even more and everyone exposes their hands to dirt, grease, grime, heavy detergents, and dish soaps etc. everyday. We really should wear rubber gloves when we do this kind of work with our hands but I don’t bother with it, do you?

Essential oils can help you keep your hands looking their best. Couple your essential oils with a good hand cream and you’ll have the whole family using your hand cream very quickly. Use any of the following essential oils with your hand cream and your hands will look their best in no time: rosemary, geranium, sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, rose, lemon, lime, or carrot. You might want to price the essential oils first because you don’t have to use an expensive one.

You can also mix the hand cream as you use it by putting some cream in your hand and adding one or two drops of the essential oil of your choice as you go. I like to use geranium usually because it smells so nice but if I have a cut or scrape (I’m a klutz in the kitchen) I often use lavender essential oil. Any of the oils mentioned above will work to make your hands as beautiful as the rest of you.


Get Rid of Corns

Author: Dr. Larita
May 23, 2013

pretty feet

It is time for sandals again and one of my pet peeves is to see someone with ugly corns on their toes and still wearing open toed shoes. Corns are usually the result of shoes rubbing or irritating the toes. I never wear high heels because when I used to try, I would always get a corn because of the pressure of the shoes on my toes.

Corns are treatable with calendula essential oil which is expensive, so why not make your own? All you need is some common marigold flower heads, as many as possible. Put these into a dark glass jar that you have almost filled with almond oil. Put the jar containing the flowers in the sun for at least 48 hours and then strain the oil through a paper coffee filter. Squeeze as much of the previous oil from the flower heads as  possible. Repeat this procedure using the same oil up to 7 times if you can.

If you cannot get the marigolds to make your own oil, add 10 drops of calendula essential oil to 2 tablespoons of almond oil and use that instead. Soak your feet in a bowl of water containing a couple handfuls of salt and 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar every day. Dry the feet and then rub the oil into the skin and the corns.  Simply rub the oil lightly over corns three times a day and rub away the dead skin with a pumice stone. When the corns have disappeared, continue to use the oil for general foot care.


Natural Sunscreen

Author: Dr. Larita
May 22, 2013

Everyone knows to put sunscreen on when you go to the beach, but what about every day? Even in the winter, your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays. In fact, it’s the everyday sun rays we get that can cause the most damage. UV rays damage your skin and lead to premature aging. In fact, too much sun exposure can zap moisture from the skin, making the oil glands work overtime, which leads to pimples and acne.

To combat UV related skin issues, apply at least SPF-15 to your skin in a thick layer and be prepared to reapply frequently throughout the day – that’s right, once a day is not enough! Use a moisturizer before you apply the sunscreen to your face – or better yet, grab a moisturizer that has natural sunscreen properties in it. Plan to reapply at least 3 times during the day for maximum protection. If you are going to be outside most of the day, put a heavier SPF on to ensure protection. SPF-15 only offers full protection for 15 minutes.

 


hay fever

Hay fever affects people in different ways and is caused by a reaction to any number of allergens such as pollen, dust or animal dander. Whatever allergen the person is allergic to, you can treat your hay fever with essential oils in three different ways.

1. The easiest thing to do is to put 1 drop each of chamomile and lemon essential oils on a tissue and inhale it throughout the day.

2. Add the following essential oils to your bath: 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops lemon and 1 drop lavender.

3. Massage your neck, chest and back with 2 drops chamomile, 1 drop geranium and 1 drop lemon diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil.

Treating hay fever with essential oils is a little bit of trial and error. Try different combinations of the oils and experiment for what is best for you.


Aromatherapy for Hiccups

Author: Dr. Larita
May 20, 2013

hiccups

I usually drink a glass of water before I go to bed and last night when I drank it, I suddenly got the hiccups. I’ve had hiccups before but usually when I get them, I just do it a few times and then it stops. They would not stop last night and I couldn’t go to sleep. I got back up and tried to think about which essential oils could help me get rid of those annoying hiccups.

I had a choice of chamomile, lavender, lemon or fennel but I found my chamomile first. I’ve told people to do this for hiccups before but I never had an occasion to try it on myself. I put 1 drop of chamomile essential oil in a brown paper bag and held it over my nose and mouth.  I breathed in deeply and slowly through my nose about 10 times. I’m sure you can do it longer if necessary but that was plenty for me. When I took the bag off my nose and mouth, the hiccups were gone. The next time you or someone you know have the hiccups, try this aromatherapy treatment.


baldness

Occasionally I receive a question that I want to answer in a general way to all readers. A recent blog reader asked if there are any aromatherapy essential oils that will treat baldness. Well, my initial response is to try not to become bald in the first place by using essential oils that prevent this condition so let’s talk about stimulating hair growth. Long hair is always fashionable and essential oils can help you have longer hair too. Hereditary factors can contribute to hair loss, as can your overall age and health as well as stress and prescription drugs.

A simple way to strengthen your hair is to use rosemary essential oil. Simply add 1 drop of this amazing essential oil to a cold water rinse when you finish washing your hair. There is no need to rinse the rosemary out because it will give your hair a lustrous shine. The cold water rinse will cause your blood capillaries to contract and that will cause the movement of nutrients into the bulb of the hair or the follicle that feeds the hair. Many of the best selling hair products contain rosemary essential oil.


Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
May 14, 2013

essential oilsEssential oils have been used to benefit mankind for centuries but the term aromatherapy was not developed until the 1920’s in France. These oils are drawn from plants and flowers by the process of distillation which results in a  fragrant and highly potent essential oil. When undiluted, essential oils can be a skin irritant so there are many different ways to enjoy their use.

  • Sprinkle a few drops in your hot tub, jacuzzi, trash cans, drains, or toilet bowls to fight bacteria and odors
  • Place a few drops on the filter pad of your vacuum cleaner to spread freshness throughout the room
  • Add three drops on the edge of your toilet paper roll before placing on the holder
  • Mix with purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener

Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and must be used with extreme respect and care. Always use caution when experimenting with essential oils.


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